Uncover the secrets of the royal British bedchambers

Learn about the importance of the bedchamber in the lives of the royal household, with insightful interviews and unprecedented public access to these intimate spaces. “Tales from the Royal Bedchamber” airs on Arizona PBS on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m.

Host Dr. Lucy Worsley, Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, snuggles up with Britain’s monarchs to uncover the fascinating secrets of the royal bedchamber. From Hampton Court to Hever Castle to the great English country manors, Worsley shows the opulence of Royal State bedrooms and explains how these private spaces were once very public hubs of English politics and policy. It was in these rooms that royal marriage ceremonies were held and royal births were observed by crowds eager to verify the baby’s sex. Even the process of creating royal babies took place in a semi-public context, Worsley says, because everyone had a stake in its outcome.

WATCH: “Tales from the Royal Bedchamber”

The eventual creation of private chambers evolved as a reaction to the overwhelmingly public nature of royal bedrooms, and affairs of state eventually were relegated to offices and the Houses of Parliament.  However, “Tales from the Royal Bedchamber” gives viewers access to the regal pomp and detailed work of these inner chambers – detailing the lavish designs of royal state beds and “pulling back the covers” on the political intrigue that occurred behind closed doors.

Sponsor message:

Sponsor message:

Sign up to receive the Arizona PBS Insider

Get up-to-the-minute information about your favorite programs and learn more about Arizona PBS news and events.

Belgian detective drama 'Professor T' features crime-solving professor

Professor T

Fans of “Monk” and “House” will enjoy watching the eccentrically gifted professor, Professor T, unravel complex criminal puzzles for the police with his brilliant mind. The Belgian crime drama "Professor T" comes to Arizona PBS on Saturdays at 10 p.m. starting Nov. 9.

'America's Test Kitchen' counts down most popular recipes for 20th anniversary

To celebrate 20 years of the most-watched cooking show on public television, "America's Test Kitchen" fans around the country voted for their all-time favorite recipes from the series. The results are presented now as Bridget Lancaster, Julia Collin Davison and their fellow cast members count down the series’ 20 most popular recipes and look back on the show's best moments.

'Nature' explores the wild on Wednesday nights

From the remarkable octopus to a river of dreams, experience compelling stories of the natural world as "Nature" returns to Arizona PBS Wednesday nights at 7 p.m.